U.S. Mission Geneva

Statement by the United States at the April 22, 2015, DSB Meeting

See attached below the U.S. statement as delivered at the  April 22, 2015 meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) READ MORE (PDF)

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Job Announcement: Translator Speechwriter

The U.S. Mission in Geneva is seeking an individual for the position of Translator/Interpreter/Speechwriter.

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U.S. Opening Statement at the CCW Informal Meeting of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems

The U.S. delegation is prepared to participate fully in this week’s discussions and while we will make specific comments during the upcoming sessions, we want to take this opportunity to provide some initial thoughts about the work ahead of us.

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EOP on Boko Haram Special Session Resolution

The United States joins consensus on the resolution presented at this special session in solidarity with the countless individuals affected by Boko Haram-related violence.

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EOP on item 8: Resolution Entitled “Contribution of the Human Rights Council to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem of 2016.”

The importance of respect for human rights is front and center in the UN drug conventions, a cornerstone of all international drug control policy, as well as in all the declarations and resolutions from the General Assembly and the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). There is no dispute on the role of respect for human rights in drug control efforts. That is why we join consensus on this resolution.

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EOV on item 3: Resolution Entitled “The negative impact of the non-repatriation of funds of illicit origin to the countries of origin on the enjoyment of human rights, and the importance of improving international cooperation.,”

The United States regrets that the Human Rights Council has chosen again to make pronouncements in the highly technical areas of asset recovery, illicit finance, tax revenue generation, sovereign debt, arms control, organized crime and others, which we believe lie outside the appropriate scope of the HRC. For this reason, we must call a vote and vote NO on this resolution.

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EOP on item 3: Resolution Entitled “Human Rights and the Environment.”

The United States continues to agree with other members of the Council that protection of the environment and its contribution to sustainable development, human well-being, and the enjoyment of human rights are vitally important. In this spirit, we join consensus on this resolution.

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U.S. Statement at the Adoption of the UPR Working Group Report for The Gambia

We are deeply concerned by human rights abuses in The Gambia. We support the recommendations from Spain and the U.K. to investigate torture allegations and those from numerous member states relating to protecting freedom of expression.

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Item 2 General Debate – Report of the High Commissioner

The United States strongly condemns ISIL’s recent attacks on Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria and its ongoing abuses against Iraqi and Syrian civilians of all faiths and backgrounds.

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U.S. Intervention on the UN OHCHR Report on Iraq Human Rights Situation

The United States is committed to supporting the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL, including in helping to address atrocities in Iraq.

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